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Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough

Mornings on Horseback (original 1981; edition 1982)

by David McCullough

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Title:Mornings on Horseback
Authors:David McCullough
Info:Peter Smith Pub Inc (1982), Library Binding
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Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough (1981)

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    The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin (rakerman)
    rakerman: The Bully Pulpit covers some biographical details of Theodore Roosevelt Jr.'s life but at a much quicker summary level than Mornings on Horseback. Mornings on Horseback starts off mostly about Theodore Roosevelt Sr., and its level of detail is sometimes excruciating. Each book provides a different perspective on the life and character of Theodore Roosevelt Jr.; they complement each other well.… (more)

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Winner of the 1982 National Book Award for Biography and Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography

This work is a wealth of information... well written and extensively researched.

I came aboard hoping for character studies of family members.
I'm leaving pleased with McCullough's approach.
I found character development presented with "penetrating insight" and often intimate detail.
You couldn't help but come to a deeper understanding of family members and their "diversity"

The social and political environment of the time was adequately addressed.

Amidst it all... I enjoyed the experience of the metamorphosis and intensity of this period of Theodore Roosevelt's life.

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  pennsylady | Jan 14, 2015 |
This book was the start of my study of Teddy Roosevelt. It was the tale of his father and siblings and how they all interacted in his early life. With David McCullough as the storyteller, I couldn't go wrong. ( )
  cyderry | Oct 12, 2014 |
Fascinating character. This book is all about Teddy Roosevelt's early life before he even becomes President of the United States. Its just as much of a book about TR's father and his family as it is about TR. His father is as interesting a figure as himself. David McCullough does an excellent job of fleshing out all his research into a cohesive and very readable story. ( )
  iamjonlarson | Sep 29, 2014 |
This is an early McCullough, but still up to his standards. Of course, it's hard to fail with a character like Teddy Roosevelt, but McCullough's approach of concentrating on his early years and emphasizing his relationships with the rest of the family is especially illuminating. The young Roosevelt was a far different character than the charismatic president, and this book shows how it happened. ( )
  NellieMc | Sep 3, 2014 |
Mostly about Theodore Roosevelt, Sr. (1831 – 1878) and his family. Only towards the end does the focus shift to Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. (who became President).

Goes into meticulous, excruciating detail of Roosevelt Sr.'s death and some subsequent tragedies.

In the audiobook, Edward Herrmann does a rather odd Southern Belle voice when there are quotations from the southern women in the story.
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In the year 1869, when the population of New York City had reached nearly a million, the occupants of 28 East 20th Street, a five-story brownstone, numbered six, exclusive of the servants.
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Mornings on Horseback is the brilliant biography of the young Theodore Roosevelt. Hailed as "a masterpiece" (John A. Gable, Newsday), it is the winner of the Los Angeles Times 1981 Book Prize for Biography and the National Book Award for Biography. Written by David McCullough, the author of Truman, this is the story of a remarkable little boy, seriously handicapped by recurrent and almost fatal asthma attacks, and his struggle to manhood: an amazing metamorphosis seen in the context of the very uncommon household in which he was raised.

The father is the first Theodore Roosevelt, a figure of unbounded energy, enormously attractive and selfless, a god in the eyes of his small, frail namesake. The mother, Mittie Bulloch Roosevelt, is a Southerner and a celebrated beauty, but also considerably more, which the book makes clear as never before. There are sisters Anna and Corinne, brother Elliott (who becomes the father of Eleanor Roosevelt), and the lovely, tragic Alice Lee, TR's first love. All are brought to life to make "a beautifully told story, filled with fresh detail", wrote The New York Times Book Review.

A book to be read on many levels, it is at once an enthralling story, a brilliant social history and a work of important scholarship which does away with several old myths and breaks entirely new ground. It is a book about life intensely lived, about family love and loyalty, about grief and courage, about "blessed" mornings on horseback beneath the wide blue skies of the Badlands.

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This biography of young Theodore Roosevelt covers his youth when he demanded a strenuous life despite his asthma, weak eyes, and patrician family.

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